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In the middle of the night, hidden beneath the covers, I start laughing at the idea of anyone else finding out what I'm Googling. No, I'm not funding the dark web, I'm not streaming illegal stuff of any kind, I'm not even shopping for kittens; I'm soothing my troubled insomniac brow on frenchclick.co.uk, gazing at things formerly only purchasable in French supermarkets, now brought all the way across the Channel to my London front door – with no delivery charge on orders of more than £35. (More than £35? Pah. I can spend over £35 on biscuits alone in a French supermarket.)

Steven Gerrard playing for England last year

Roy Hodgson urges Steven Gerrard not to reject call of duty

Manager wants his captain to continue playing for England beyond next summer's World Cup in Brazil

Rugby round-up: All Blacks forced to repel spirited French fightback

The All Blacks took until the second half to break open their match against France in Paris and finished it on the back foot as the home side battled to complete what would have been a remarkable comeback before going down 26-19.

Katy McLean wants England to build for next year's World Cup

Katy McLean skips school for tough French test

Teacher captains England women on revenge mission at Twickenham today

Scientists have discovered a new body part

Orthopedic surgeons find a new ligament that may explain why knees 'give way' even after rehabilitation treatment

Yacht racing billionairess Dona Bertarelli sees her team smash record for the Route of Discovery

The voyage originally completed by Christopher Columbus was covered in six days 14hrs 29mins 21secs

Marine Le Pen comments last night on her party's success

Local election victory for Marine Le Pen's National Front raises fears on both left and right

Mainstream groups concerned that National Front could gain more regional council seats

Gloucester 27 Perpignan 22 match report: Billy Twelvetrees steps up to seal deal for Gloucester

James Hook, the forgotten man of Welsh rugby, did all that one man could do to set Perpignan on the road to European success last night. But Gloucester, desperately needing a winning injection to their season, returned to Heineken Cup rugby after a year's absence by snatching the verdict in the final five minutes.

Treviso 10 Montpellier 27 match report: Jonathan Pelissie cameo leads French side to comfortable win

Scrum-half Benoit Paillaugue booted 12 points before his replacement Pelissie crossed the whitewash to secure win

Travellers at Stansted Airport

Disruption to budget airlines as French air traffic controllers strike and Stansted suffers power outage causing flights to be diverted

The airport later confirmed on its Twitter feed that power had been restored

Thousands of UK travellers face possible delays and cancellations as French air traffic controllers strike

Industrial action will have an effect on all flights that fly over France

Yohan Cabaye urges Newcastle team-mate Loic Remy to fire France to World Cup

The on-loan QPR striker has scored five goals in three games

Review: An Officer and a Spy, By Robert Harris

In the case of Dreyfus – you couldn’t make it up

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'Fabulous Fab' asks court to overturn guilty verdict over mortgage fraud

The Former Goldman Sachs banker Fabrice Tourre has asked a New York court to overturn the guilty verdicts handed down to him in August for defrauding investors in a complex mortgage deal that left them nursing $1bn (£620m) in losses.

Jack-Alain Léger: Writer and singer who worked under multiple guises

As "Melmoth", Jack-Alain Léger was an award-winning singer-songwriter; as Paul Smaïl he wrote the scandalous "memoirs" of a young working-class Moroccan immigrant; as Dashiell Hedayat he was a furtive psychedelic rock star; and under his official name of Léger he penned the million-selling thriller Monsignore. He had many pseudonyms and disguises in his varied careers as a militant manic-depressive homosexual, public intellectual, prolific author, hippy music legend and bestseller hack, an unholy Gallic combination of Syd Barrett and Jeffrey Archer.

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